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A Bull Called Marius  (1966)

Riders chasing bull in A Bull Called Marius

From the heart of beautiful Provence, this fifty minute documentary provides a vivid glimpse into the wild, black bulls of Carmargue. Raised on local marshes, the bulls are an intergral part of the region’s famous Course Libre, where local men, known as razeteurs, attempt to snatch prizes off their sizeable horns.

Following a particularly respected local bull, Marius, this intriguing piece was written by the hugely popular conservationist Gerald Durrell, based on suggestion by his elder brother, novelist Lawrence Durrell. Working with award-winning wildlife producer Chris Parsons, Durrell weaves Marius’ story in with footage from the huge wetland ranges, detailing the stunning local wildlife, including the renowned white Carmargue horses.

Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC’s Natural History Unit the spectacular chases, near misses and frenzied atmosphere of the crowded amphitheatres is portrayed in heart-stopping detail.

With the alluring backdrop of historical Provence, A Bull Called Marius brings to life the area’s traditional bull games, highlighting the sheer power and majesty of the main contenders.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Assistant Cameraman: Peter Heeley
Assistant Producer: Sheila Fullom
Character voice: Rolf Lefebvre
Character voice: Garard Green
Character voice: André Maranne
Director: Christopher Parsons
Film Cameraman: Jim Saunders
Film Editor: Betty Block
Music: Sidney Sager
Narrator: Gerald Durrell
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Sound Mixer: Jack Robottom
Sound Mixer: Adrian Stocks
Writer: Gerald Durrell

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Riders chasing bull in A Bull Called Marius
Riders chasing bull in A Bull Called Marius
Bull ring featured in A Bull Called Marius
Bull ring featured in A Bull Called Marius
Filming A Bull Called Marius
Filming A Bull Called Marius